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Board Meetings

October 21, 2008

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Cindy Aitken (Committee Chair), John Chapman, Rick Galbraith, Marg Gaviller, Jan Johnstone, Ross King, Marilyn McComb, Tim Reaburn, and Jennifer Yenssen
Jean Stephenson (Co-ordinator), Mary Anne Alton, Alana Murray, Marnie Coke, Richard Gerson, Lori Wilder, Brenda Booth and Joan Farrow (Executive Assistant)
ABA Representative:
Jacqui Traverse-Thomas
Gail Nadjiwon
John Chapman (Trustee), Marilyn McCombe (Trustee)

The Educational Issues Committee received the following reports:
•     School Health Environment Survey (SHES) and School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System (SHAPES)
•     Healthier Secondary Schools

Celebration – Workplace Wellness
Mary Anne Alton introduced Debbie Millar, the lead support person for the Bluewater Workplace Wellness Committee.  Representatives from all administrative sites, union groups and the Grey Bruce Health Unit make up this committee.  Each Bluewater school and work site is represented by a Workplace Wellness Contact person who promotes programs related to personal health and well being at the school/worksite and assists in implementing programming put in place by the Workplace Wellness Committee.

Debbie provided copies of packages that will be shared at the fall Workplace Wellness Committee meeting planned for September 18, 2008.  These included a summary of 2008/2009 activities planned in support of wellness including the Workplace Wellness Workshop Series, a calendar of Health Canada’s Health-Related days, weeks and months, and information regarding the Workplace Wellness Film Series planned for October, 2008 and April, 2009.  A copy of the quarterly newsletter “It’s Your Life” was also included and will be shared with each Bluewater work site.

Staff Reports – School Health Environment Survey and School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System
Bluewater District School Board was invited to participate in the 2007-2008 School Health Environment Survey (SHES) sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion and undertaken by the University of Waterloo.  Other partners in this SHAPES (School Health Action, Planning and Evaluation System) initiative included the provincial Public Health Research, Education and Development Program and the Canadian Cancer Society. Five Bluewater secondary schools completed the survey which was designed to assess factors in the school environment that contribute to physical activity and healthy eating among children and youth.  Reports to the schools and the board at the completion of the survey provided overall findings and recommendations to assist in developing processes and protocols that support healthy eating and physical activity.

In response to the recommendations resulting from this initiative as well as the Ministry of Education’s release of Trans Fat Standards, we have been reviewing ways and taking steps to reduce the sugar and fat content of the food and beverages sold in secondary schools.  We have been working with our Purchasing Department and beverage vendors over the past couple of years to reduce the sale of sweetened pop and other sugary beverages and effective February 1, 2009 we will no longer sell pop in cafeterias and school beverage machines.  Effective September 1, 2009, we will no longer use deep fat fryers in our school cafeterias.  It is hoped that this will help to combat the increased incidence of obesity and type-2 diabetes in children as well as cardiovascular disease later in life.

Submitted to:
Bluewater District School Board
October 21, 2008        
For further information please contact
Cindy Aitken , Chair, or
Jean Stephenson, Superintendent of Student Success


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